There was no question about who earned the RCMSAA volleyball crown after the East Robertson Lady Indians finished their perfect season with a victory over White House Heritage in straight sets Thursday night.

The top-seeded Lady Indians started out on a 13-6 run, but the Lady Patriots fought back to make the score 19-17. ERMS answered by getting six of the next nine points to close out the first set.

The second set played out in similar fashion, as East Robertson jumped out to a 17-9 lead. Heritage challenged, but the deficit was too large as the match ended with a 25-18 set.

The Lady Patriots surprised many on their way to the championship game, coming in as the sixth seed. They had only won one of nine of their matches all season before defeating Jo Byrns and second-seeded Coopertown in the playoffs.

Heritage head coach Nicole Mason chalks the Cinderella run up to her team's hard work and belief in each other.

“We won because we believed in each other,” Mason said. “We worked very hard, and they never stopped working hard - probably one of the hardest-working teams I’ve ever had that just never gave up. We played every game so close, gave everybody a run for their money, and they never stopped believing. When you do that, the wins will come.”

When she looks back on this season, that is what she will remember.

“Never give up,” Mason said. “Always believe in yourself.”

The Lady Indians went 9-0 in the regular season before winning the two playoff matches. The junior varsity team also won its championship Thursday night as well.

“They brought it,” East Robertson head coach Amber Gregory said. “They worked their tails off, and they deserve every single trophy out there.”

Gregory credits the “camaraderie” of her team for the on-court success, led by varsity captains Katie Pennington and Hester Wallace and junior varsity captains Kelsey Gregory, Allye Pennington and Morgan Ryan.

“They are together,” Gregory said. “They’re on the same page. I’ve got awesome captains that keep the girls on the same page, and that to me, if you have everybody working together, then that’s going to lead to the championships.”

After a storybook season, Gregory says when she remembers this team, she will remember their spirit.

“I’m going to remember the attitudes of these girls. They are just a special group.”


2020 RCMSAA All-County Volleyball Team

GMS - Sarah Slagle

HMS - Reagan Anderson

JBMS - Reese Head, Alyssa Mitchell

SMS - Madison Little, Janiya Flair

ERMS – Katie Pennington, Hester Wallace, Zoe Hester

CMS – Kenzie King, Grace Head, Annie Rushing

RCMSAA All-Tournament Varsity Volleyball Team

JBMS – Kaliyah Lucas

SMS –  Carly Long

GMS – Lexi Printz, Kenzie Kuehne

CMS – Grace Head, Nyah Hudson

HMS – Reagan Anderson, Kennedy Borgman, Natalie Perez

ERMS – Katie Pennington, Hester Wallace, Allye Pennington

RCMSAA All-Tournament JV Volleyball Team

SMS – Kaitlyn Lee

CMS – Abby Hyde

JBMS – Debra Raye Heatherly, Ella Resha

HMS – Emma Leftwich, Presley Haley

GMS – Lizzy Dill, Jaylin Pierceall, Sierra Hall

ERMS – Claire Barber, Morgan Ryan, Kelsey Gregory

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